In the course of covering the news, media outlets must sometimes address political smear tactics. In the video below, progressive commentator Jimmy Dore contrasts two such examples.

In the first clip, UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had been smeared by his political opponents for “betraying his country.” The BBC host grills his Conservative guest on whether or not the accusations have any substance.

In the second clip, the opposition had charged 2016 Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein with political gain resulting from Russian interference. The MSNBC anchor grills Stein on whether the Russians did, indeed, boost her 2016 campaign results.

These illustrations represent two very different approaches to getting the real story. Would you prefer that news media challenge the veracity of allegations? Or would you rather that political figures defend themselves from allegations? Which method of questioning is more likely to uncover the truth? Do you think Jimmy Dore is right to assert that McCarthyism is alive and well?

Falsehood is easy, truth so difficult.

~ George Elliot

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